…to join us for the film's fundraiser in Chicago on Oct. 20: The Mekons' very own Jon Langford just told me he will be attending. The evening just got a whole lot more fun!
Those of you in the Chicago area who are planning on attending, please RSVP by Oct. 14. You can always purchase tickets at the door but I'd like to give an accurate head count to the great food and drink sponsors—Publican Restaurant, Panozzo's Italian Market, City Winery and Dogfish Head Craft Ales. I hope you can make it. (More below after the invite.)
Meantime, those of you in Blighty who are planning on attending the U.K. premiere of the film on Nov. 21 at the Leeds International Film Festival, you can find ticket information here: http://www.leedsfilm.com/films/revenge-mekons/
And last, stay tuned for imminent news of the film's world premiere and other U.S. festival dates. Any day now…
I hope to see you in a couple weeks in Chicago.
Thanks to a break in the weather we are finally able to bring you the last few images from the gallery. We appreciate your patients and we hope you've enjoyed seeing the exhibition.
In order of the images:
"encounter of the third kind" by Nóra Barabás (Hungary) and Hanan Kazma (Lebanon) and "Come closer, side by side" by Ilil Iram (Israel) and Hanan Kazma (Lebanon)
"heartbreaking moons and epic sunsets" by Alicja Anna Chudzik (Poland) and Pierre-Henri Crave (France)
"The king and the amaryllis" by Sébastien Redon-Lévigne (France) and Cyril Berthault-Jacquier (Belgium) and "internal colours" by Stephanie le Pape (USA) and Hanan Kazma (Lebanon)
"licence to carry" by Zosia Krasnowolska (Poland) and Dafydd Williams (Wales)
"Acqua Minerale" by Cyril Berthault-Jacquier (Belgium) and Debora Schmidt (Germany)
Michael here with the latest Kickstarter update to introduce David's sixth dev diary video. In this diary David provides commentary on the Capital Ship Battle video we released recently to announce the in-game composer. If you haven't watched the video yet then you really should check it out, the music is great! (You can see the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE8B4KptyVI). In this dev diary David talks about the process we followed and how it has helped to advance development of the game by putting the video together.
David also recently gave a talk at TEDx about procedural generation called 'Rules Can Be Beautiful', you can watch a video of his talk here: youtu.be/GEVutbSqBI0
As mentioned in the last update we'll also release an art diary breaking down the art side of the video in more detail in the next few weeks.
In other news the latest newsletter will be released in the next few days, we've re-synced the newsletter releases so that they correspond with the video releases.
Things are as busy as ever on our forums, if you've backed the game and your reward includes Private Backers or DDF access then make sure to pay a visit and get involved with the discussions. Last week saw a new feature start in the Private Backers forum, it's called 'Peek of the Week' and each week we'll provide a new piece of art or a screenshot of the latest cool asset or feature in game.
Thanks as always for reading and remember that you can still back the game via our website: http://elite.frontier.co.uk
I thought today might be a good day to update you all on the Something for Wildness Project. As we all know, the government has 'shut down' and yep, this means all the National Parks are closed. In April of this year, we visited Yosemite National Park, as well as Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. These were some of last few remaining parks for the project and in Yosemite we interviewed the park ranger that inspired this entire project: Shelton Johnson. He was the fabulous ranger who spoke so eloquently about the parks and its Buffalo Soldiers in Ken Burns' "The National Parks” documentary. We was even on Opra. We are some of his biggest fans and we spent a couple of hours hanging with him in Yosemite, listening to him play his flutes and talking about everything. We have both just finished reading his book, “Gloryland” about one Buffalo Soldier and Yosemite back in the early days and we highly recommend it. All three parks were beyond astounding and we will soon return. Yosemite is celebrating it's 123rd Anniversary today. It's closed for it's own birthday party!
The closure of the parks will unfold in two stages, according to the National Park Service Contingency Plan. In Phase 1, to take place over the first day and a half, all "day visitors" will be instructed to immediately leave the park. Overnight visitors (campers, RVers, and hikers) will be told to leave the park as part of Phase 2 and all commercial services will cease. The total process will take four days. At the end of Phase 2, park operations will be kept at “minimum levels.”
A sad day for the parks and we hope to be spread lots of National Park love when our book comes out. For now, we are working on all of your Rewards and hope they'll be in the mail in the coming months. I cannot thank you all for helping make this dream a reality and believing in the Parks, they are beyond all measure.
Lacey Dupré and Robert Burwell
More information here:
As we exit the intense design phase of this project, we will be sharing out more and more information. We ask that you follow the project's updates via the OpenBeam Blog at:
We prefer to send status updates via our blog to our supporters because Wordpress's features are more useful for including photos, file attachments, and videos.
I will continue to use Kickstarter's update platform to announce shipping related information.
Our updates take on average 2-3 hours each to write! For this reason, we have mostly been focusing our efforts on the engineering instead of project update side. This is because we try to do a good job with including relevant background information, links, etc. They also tend to go through a more in-depth editorial process for error and spell checking, etc. For those of you who want to stay on the bleeding edge of the project, you can also check out OpenBeam's flickr stream for more pictures and updates. Usually, photos that are included on the blog are uploaded to the Flickr stream a few days before publications.
-=- Terence, Rachel and the furry monster puppy
Naima is hitting the road for High Desert Test Sites 2013.
Naima will be sited at Coyote Dry Lake, a sprawling dry lake bed just northeast of Joshua Tree, CA during the High Desert Test Sites Exhibition Opening Weekend October 12, 13, and 14.
High Desert Test Sites takes place October 12-19, 2013. High Desert Test Sites is a week long exhibition of art and exploration along the I-40 from Joshua Tree, CA to Albuquerque, NM.
Here’s the basic rundown on how HDTS 2013 will work.
Each day of the exhibition will focus on a specific leg of the route between Joshua Tree and Albuquerque–highlighting independent projects, performances, installations, and points of interest along the way. Roughly 60 new projects will take place over an entire week, during which artists and audience alike will traverse over 700 miles of desert roads to check out the new work and explore the hidden gems and diverse desert communities along this spectacular stretch of the Southwest. Naima will be on the itinerary October 12, 13, and 14 at Coyote Dry Lake in Joshua Tree, CA.
We have some exciting news to share with you today. Our backer rewards are starting to ship out! We've heard from a few people who already received their posters in the mail.
Our t-shirts arrived yesterday and we'll be packing and shipping them out very soon. And all of our backers will be receiving an email later this week with a link to download Duane Harriott's Syl Johnson DJ mix. We've heard some of it and it's amazing!
There was a slight manufacturing delay for our two tote bag designs, but they're being printed right now and will be shipped out to backers later this month.
Thanks for supporting our film and for being so patient as we work to get these great items out to you!
Manufacturing gets an update! Shipping gets an update! The BT-DERP gets an update! EVERYBODY GETS AN UPDATE!
Sorry for the one-day delay, Blinky Backers! This one is huge, so let's dive in!
Happy National Day of China! This week is a manufacturing holiday, so not much will be going on.
That said, we have some great news from the past couple of weeks!
First up, we are super pleased to announce that seeed studio has completed production of 1500 BlinkyTape controller boards! The tested boards are now ready to send to our LED manufacturer for integration into the final BlinkyTape strips. We expect these to be done in 2-3 weeks.
Next up, we are happy to announce that manufacturing is done on the power supplies for the “BLINKIN’ INSTALLABLE” and “BLINKIN’ TUBULAR” backers.
Manufacturing continues for the batteries for the various “PORTABLE” backer rewards.
Matt has been on a whirlwind tour of blinky events in the US for the past couple of weeks, but he is returning this Thursday to get things lined up as manufacturing resumes next week.
Shipping (!) Updates
With manufacturing underway and all of the pieces coming together, it's time to start gathering addresses!
The first shipping surveys went out last week to backers at the “YOU LOVE US, WE LOVE YOU TOO” and “TRIPPY GLASSES” reward levels, since we are all set to fulfill those.
We plan to send out surveys for the remaining backer reward levels this week, so keep an eye out!
It is worth saying in bold:
Watch for your shipping survey this week! Please fill it out as soon as you can so we know where to ship your rewards!
Seriously, this is a required step for you to get your BlinkyTapes and BlinkyTape accessories. :)
Maker Faire NYC Recap
Thank you to all of those who came out to see us at World Maker Faire New York! It was quite the adventure.
For those who remember the Crystal Archway as we showed it at Maker Faire Bay Area, we had a few issues with that design. Specifically, we wanted to make some updates that would make it easier to construct/teardown/ship (better brackets, permanently enclosed LEDs) and we wanted to be running the latest WS2812B LEDs with a fancy new controller setup.
While most of this came to pass, a customs snafu with the new LEDs meant that we didn't receive the LEDs until Friday evening on September 20th, setup day for Maker Faire!
So, our plans changed from bringing the Crystal Archway to the Faire, to building it at the Faire. A sort of Maker Faire performance art, if you will. Evil Mad Scientist has a great writeup with some nice pictures of the Archway-in-progress.
It was a huge challenge and we could not have made as much progress as we did without the help of some wonderful friends who stepped in to help assemble, solder, and more. SO MANY THANK YOUS to:
- Ethan Hartman
- Amy Hurst
- Anney Fresh
- Keith Ozar
- Greg Chaprnka
- Michael Curry
- Justin Day
- Raphael Abrams
- Trammell Hudson
- Hunter Pankey
- Nick Normal and the other Maker Faire staff
- ... and everyone who stopped by!
We were also pleased to meet three of our BT-DERP developers in-person!
In addition to Ethan, we also met Mark and Gladys. More about them in the BT-DERP update!
Long Live the Crystal Archway
Hot on the heels of Maker Faire, the Crystal Archway made its way down to Maryland for a wedding, where it was a big hit!
We learned many lessons from this iteration of the design, but in the end we don't think it's durable enough for travel. The current Archway design will make its way to the NYC Resistor hackerspace, where it will live out its days, most likely as a wall installation.
Matt's already working on the next incarnation... :)
BT-DERP Project Updates
The BT-DERP developers have been busy! Here are some of the awesome things they've been working on.
Mark Kriegsman has been working on a gamma correction system for the BlinkyTape, which will compensate for the differences between the usual RGB colorspace you would see on a monitor and the colorspace produced by LEDs. The upshot is that will be that the colors you see on your BlinkyTape should more closely resemble those you see on your screen.
After a couple of false starts due to USB issues, Matt Varian was able to mount his BlinkyTape in a tube and make some sweet long-exposure light painting photos, like the GTI logo, above.
Gladys Delgado-Garced made a splash at Maker Faire NYC with her BlinkyTape-powered raincoat for her dog, Baby!
We spent some time with her at our booth playing with new animations, as well as dealing with some fragility issues with our prototype boards. Thankfully, the production tapes seem to be made of sturdier stuff!
Last, but not least, Jordan Berry has ensorcelled us with his BlinkyTape-powered Wizard Staff. Just look at that thing go!
You can follow along with the BT-DERP devs on the BlinkyTape Developers Google Group.
Welcome new BlinkyTape Team Member: Ethan Hartman!
Another exciting announcement this time around: BT-DERP developer Ethan Hartman has officially joined the BlinkyTape team!
He's already helped us a ton with the BlinkyTape Getting Started documentation and the Crystal Archway. Now, Ethan will be helping us get our other BlinkyTape documentation and support planning in order, for all of you new BlinkyTape developers!
It feels like everything is happening all at once!
Look for our next major update on October 14th, when manufacturing will be nearly(!) complete, we'll be getting ready to ship 1,000+ BlinkyTapes, and more!
—The BlinkyTape Team
Hi backers, hope you're all well. I'm in Amsterdam for the Unseen Photo Fair that happened this past weekend. But another important event also happened this past weekend: we hit our initial funding goal for Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews!
900+ of you amazing people have made this happen, and I can't thank you enough. I owe all of you a drink. Or at least a book.
More news and updates soon.
We're thrilled to announce that we shipped the first 100 3Doodlers today! The team was out in force making sure the pens were packed and that your boxes were loaded with stunning 3Doodler plastic. We've attached a few photos from the packing floor to give you a sense of what's going on and what you can expect in the mail!
To reiterate our earlier update regarding delivery times:
September backers: Your pens are on their way and will be with you soon! You will receive tracking numbers in the next day or so.
October backers: We expect to start shipping October pens from the middle of October through to the end of the month.
November backers onwards: We'll keep you posted as production ramps up, but rest assured we're going to get your pens to you on time, if not earlier!
Note: Please do not send us address updates. We'll be messaging you for these before we ship.
This will be a fairly update heavy week or two, and we'll be posting in the coming days in relation to the following:
1. Our very first Sellers on Etsy Artist creations!
2. The finer details of 3Doodler shipping, the methods we are using and expected delivery times.
3. The launch of our entirely revamped website and the long awaited 3Doodler plastic store!
Although not necessarily in that order...
The 3Doodler Team